Summer is officially upon us which for many means vacation time. I have been fortunate enough to have had travel as a continued opportunity in my life. My first international trip was to Greece when I was 9-months old; the most recent to China in 2007. In college I was able to participate in study abroad in England and Spain. One thing that all this travel has instilled in me is a love travel journals. I always keep a travel journal, even on domestic trips, because I like to capture those moments in ink and paper.
Even if you are not a natural writer, travel journals are a way to remember beyond photographs what the experience felt, smelled, and tasted like. For those interested in starting to journal your travels, I highly recommend Writing Away by Livinia Spalding. It is an inspirational text that works as a wonderful guide for finding your voice. In the coming weeks I will be posting excerpts from my own travel journals.
If you find yourself taking a stay-cation and want to explore the world through other writers’ experiences, I can recommend the following travel literature (both fiction and non-fiction):
The Odyssey Homer
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Thomas Jefferson Travels Thomas Jefferson
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland Samuel Johnston
Empire of the Czar Marquis de Custine
Roughing It Mark Twain
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes Robert Louis Stevenson
Bitter Lemons Lawrence Durrell
Travels Michael Crichton
Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes
The Motorcycle Diaries Che Guevara
Slow Boat to China Gavin Young
On the Road Jack Kerouac
And I’ll end this list with a little plug for The Best Women’s Travel Writing series. All the books in the series are wonderful; check out Vol. 8 or the forthcoming 9 for offerings from yours truly.